While recovering from a bout of bronchitis in late December 2015, my doctor ordered an MRI of my stomach. The report on January 4, 2016 determined a cyst on the tail of the pancreas. An Ultrasound at MUSC confirmed a cyst on January 14, 2016 and while there, a surgeon was consulted and a decision was made to remove the cyst. On January 25, 2016, I had surgery at MUSC to remove the cyst, the spleen, a portion of the pancreas, and surrounding lymph nodes. The pathology confirmed pancreatic cancer with lymph node involvement. The surgeon recommended chemotherapy and radiation treatments to follow. During my stay at MUSC, my family was a great support. I don't know how I would have made it without their help and encouragement. I appreciate very much the prayers from my friends and many others. I feel these prayers are like a shield God places under me to keep me lifted up and encouraged for the journey ahead. James 1:2-6 says "Consider it great joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith develops perserverance. Perserverance must finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But, when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."